Suspect tries to drive head on into police chief's Tahoe - twice

Wreck during chase sends police chief, suspect to hospital
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)

LEWISVILLE, AR (KSLA) - A man twice drove head on at a Southwest Arkansas police chief then succeeded in ramming the law officer's vehicle at least once.

It happened about 10:12 p.m. Tuesday.

Lewisville Police Chief Jason Tomlin was responding to a hit-and-run accident on U.S. Highway 82.

Along the way, he stopped a black Volkswagen Jetta he saw speeding east.

The car's driver thrust his hands out and refused several requests that he get out of the car, authorities said.

And when Tomlin called for help, the driver put the car in gear and fled east.

The police chief gave chase.

At some point, the Jetta made a U-turn and headed west into oncoming traffic and toward Tomlin's Tahoe.

The police chief was able to avoid an accident.

Once the two westbound vehicles got outside the city, the driver of the Jetta made another U-turn and again tried to hit the police chief's unit head on.

Tomlin had to speed up and drive into a ditch to avoid a collision.

But that did not stop the Jetta, authorities said.

It hit the Tahoe's left rear door, causing the law officer's vehicle to spin and its side airbags to deploy.

Stamps, Ark., police then helped Tomlin get the Jetta's driver out of the car and handcuffed.

A Lafayette County sheriff's deputy and Stamps police searched the car while waiting for EMS to respond.

Now 64-year-old Texas resident Sammy Lee Ogan is being held in the Lafayette County jail.

And the accident is being investigated by Arkansas State Police.

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